Choosing life, choosing death

The brutal shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, prompted the by now familiar search for explanations and remedies. Among the proposals: stricter gun controls; tighter regulation of content on the Internet; curbs on macabre video games like "Doom" and violent films like Natural Born Killers, which were favorites of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold; more vigilance by police and school officials in recognizing adolescents' signals of distress; deeper involvement by parents in their children's lives; and a greater effort to eliminate the sometimes vicious social divisions that make adolescence so painful for kids who feel left out.


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